On our very first visit to Turkey we took the opportunity to visit a Hamam or to the uninitiated, a Turkish Bath.
On entering you are given a changing room to undress in. Ladies and gents tend to keep their underwear on and are given a pestemal to wrap around them, this is usually a red and white check cloth.
A Tellak (attendant) will then lead you through to the hot room, much like a sauna, and there you will stay for 15 mins(I lasted 8mins), just too hot, for a delicate flower like moi!
The hot room.
After having been toasted in the HOT ROOM you are given scoop like buckets to take fresh spa water from the delightful ancient marble basins, to pour all over yourself, in preparation for the next stage of the cleansing ritual.
We were taken to the splendid marble platform by the masseur then soaked with warm water and lathered with a fragrant, sudsy swab - then the most amazing massage.
After that, we were scrubbed all over again, then another rinse. Finally, more soap washing, this was followed by a jolly good rinsing session with cold water. Fortunately, the marble platform was heated!
The Gobektasi . A central raised heated marble platform.
After we'd been pummelled, soaped, rinsed and even spun around and around, under mountains of suds, by the chuckling Tellaks, we were given our final rinse and then wrapped in huge warm fluffy towels.
We were led to the lounge area to recover from, what can only be described as the most thorough wash of a lifetime!
When we'd recovered from this most exhilarating experience we tootled back to our hotel room with the intention of having a quick nap then dinner.
This was not to be, we both fell fast asleep and awoke at 7am the next morning, having missed our dinner. Needless to say we were first in the dining room for a hearty breakfast!
Yet another happy memory of high jinks in Turkey.
My heartfelt thanks to Denise for devising ABCW and to the honourable Roger for all his hard work . Best wishes to all from Di.... abcw team.
I enjoyed reading the account of your Turkish bath called HAMAM.ReplyDelete
glad you enjoyed reading about our experience in the Hamam,
It was great fun and so good, from then on we would go for
another one, when visiting Turkey.
Oooooohhhhh I could use one right now!! Been so very busy... what with work... water.... snow...construction... but it's good to be back.Delete
Hi Meryl. me too, get rid of dry skin caused by central heating....You could always have a roll in the snow do it Scandinavian style an d beat yourself with twigs! ha ha ! just a little jest.Delete
Nothing worse than construction work being carried out, so stressful.
This must have been a tremendous adventure, Trubes! Great story!ReplyDelete
It sure was Wil,Delete
I think we had just returned from our trip to Ephesus and were very sun tanned and mucky.
little wonder were slept so well after all that.!
love Di xx
what a glorious place! I've experienced a sauna in my friend's grandparents home: that was the only way they bathed. I loved it. I've had massages- so peaceful that the masseuse needed to wake me for me to turn over.ReplyDelete
It is a lovely was to bathe and the massage was wonderful.Delete
What a fantastic experience this must have been! I would have slept till the next morning also! :-) I bet your body felt like a weak kitten!ReplyDelete
Indeed Marie, I must admit I was sceptical at first , but for no need, I would recommend it to anyone,,,,,,,,,,,,,Delete
We both felt exhilarated, even the next day!
Wow! What an amazing experience that must have been. Great story Trubes.ReplyDelete
It was quite an experience and such a laugh, we giggled all the way through it!
From then on, each time we visited Turkey a visit to the Hamam was top of the 'things to do' list.
Plenty more tales to tell about our trips to Turkey....watch this space!
Quite an experience!ReplyDelete
I'm off to Istanbul in a couple of weeks - not sure if you've convinced me try a hammam or not
Hi Debbie, You can't go to Istanbul without a visit to the Hamam, it's a must.Delete
The people that look after you are lovely and the men are so respectful to ladies,
If you're travelling solo they will arrange for a female masseur, as it happened my masseur was male but then my
husband was with me. We were on the marble table together getting soaped and spun around in all the soap suds,
It really was great fun.
Make sure you go at the beginning of your holiday so that you don't get your sun tan washed off.
Enjoy Istanbul, I am most envious!
I';m feeling kinda crummy, actually, and I imagine this might help.ReplyDelete
So sorry you're feeling crumby, all the good reason to visit a Hamam,
I'm sure there must be one in New York,
There used to be one in Liverpool but I think it may have closed, I must check.
I wish I was in Turkey right now. With my stress level high at this moment, I could certainly use one of those baths and massages. Blessings!ReplyDelete
So good to hear from you again,
I'm sorry to learn of your high stress levels....Yes a trip to Turkey is just what the doctor ordered,
May is a good time to visit before it gets too hot.
The Hamam is a must to wash away stress,
Hope you're feeling better soon,
Kind thoughts and prayers coming your way,
I think I would love to enjoy a Turkish Bath! Especially the massage :)ReplyDelete
Hi there Meoww,Delete
I'm sure you would. My favourite part was the soaping in all those suds, and we laughed so much,
but the massage was good after spending the whole day exploring the ancient site of Ephesus.
Little wonder we slept for so long,
Thanks for commenting.
That alone would be worth the price of the airfare from here to Istanbul!ReplyDelete
I see that you have travelled all over Europe so you would love Turkey,
part of it is in S. Europe (Istanbul area). then, a short boat trip across the Bosporus , will bring you to the largest part of Turkey, which is in Asia Minor.
There are so many photographic opportunities of land, sea, mountain and the ancient historic sites, I'm sure, by what I read about you, you would love it.
Hot and humid hamam! Quite an experience.ReplyDelete
"H" in my entry stands for Houston!
Hi Nick, HOT it was in the HOT room, but not at all HUMID.Delete
I think all the constantly, running spa water, seems to disperse any steam, also,
the ceiling has a rather HIGH dome which lends to a very fresh feel.
This was so much fun. I was just beginning how cold the marble floors would be when you said they were heated.ReplyDelete
It really was so much fun, we giggled like a pair of children right through it.,
We were so glad about the under floor heating and the large marble table,
that we were soaped and pummelled upon.. So much fun indeed.
Thanks for hosting!ReplyDelete
My H is for Hibiscus
My pleasure indeed Nick.Delete
I love a bath and massage of an ykind.ReplyDelete
Me too Ann,, so therapeutic and great fun in Turkey.Delete
That must have been quite the experience. - MargyReplyDelete
I really can't begin to tell you about the thrill of it all,
we've had so many wonderful holidays in Turkey that, people tell me I should write a book about our trips
, maybe one day!
I think I would've slept through the night, too.ReplyDelete
Hi there Su-see,Delete
Good to hear from you again.
I reckon it was one of the best sleeps I've ever had.
Himself was most put out that he'd missed his dinner. it took him days to catch up!
Never mind ,there were lots of Turkish eateries for him to top up!
He does like his food, so Turkey is a good place to eat, wonderful cuisine!
and never gains weight
In India there was once a very popular soap with the name of Hamam :)ReplyDelete
We brought some soap home that was for sale in the hamam, however it just didn't seem to produceDelete
the suds as it did in the hamam, lost the moment. sadly !
My goodness, what an extraordinary experience, and beautifully described with wonderful Humour. Loved the post, Trubes. Many thanks for this and for Hosting.ReplyDelete
Hi Carol, thanks for stopping by and your kind comments.ReplyDelete
It was a wonderful experience, so exhilarating too!
I am really enjoying being part of the team on ABCW,
got to meet so many lovely people from all over the world,
can't get much better than that!
I love reading your blog too, so interesting and black Jack is
quite adorable, along with Bill, of course!